Columbia College Chicago

Summertime is the right time to enroll at Sherwood! In addition to our usual assortment of class offerings, we also offer several great summer programs for kids and teens that are not to be missed.

ArtStart Summer Arts Camp

Ages 7-14

Tap into your child's creative potential this summer! ArtStart Summer Arts Camp at Columbia College Chicago is an immersive and fun arts experience for ages 7-14. Classes take place on Columbia's South Loop campus and include Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music and Dance.

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Suzuki Summer String Camp

Ages 4 - 12

July 13-17, 2015
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
*Ages 4-5 have the option to participate in a half day vesion of the camp, from 9 am-12 pm

The Suzuki Summer String Camp, now in its sixth year, is proud to offer fun and innovative classes that will keep your child motivated and engaged in summer study. Our course offerings for violin, viola and cello are built around the Suzuki method, and will offer your child the opportunity to broaden and deepen their musical knowledge. Students must have at least 6 months of previous study on their instrument. 

Classes will include:

  • Semi-private lesson: Students will be grouped by age and level into a small group of 3 - 4 participants. Each student will get a mini-lesson with our experienced instructors, and have the opportunity to work on their solo repertoire. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from one another. Some students may be selected to perform a solo at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Large group lesson: Students will be grouped together by repertoire and work on pre-determined Suzuki pieces to perform at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Eurythmics: A fun and active class that teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Students benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.
  • Orchestra: Intermediate level students will improve sight reading and ensemble skills in this fun group setting.
  • Violin fiddlers: Intermediate violin students will broaden their musical horizons and experiment with music from other genres.
  • Chamber Music: Beginner and Intermediate students will benefit from this more intimate music making experience and improve their note reading and ensemble skills.
  • Note reading: Beginner students will have an opportunity to sharpen their sight reading and musicianship skills.

*Class availability will depend on camp enrollment. Semi-private, Large group & Eurythmics classes will run regardless of enrollment.

String Camp Faculty

Martine Benmann
Emilia Blaszak
Marija Bubanj
Bridget Callahan
Kelly Larson
Erica Lessie
Melissa Padgett
Kristen Regester
Aki Tanaka
Heather Williamson

Tuition and Registration
4-12 year olds: Tuition is $500 for the week. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the camp.
4-5 year olds (optional): Tuition for the optional 1/2 day camp is $250 for the week. A $125 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the 1/2 day camp.

For more questions about the Summer String Camp, or if you are interested in early drop off or late pickup options, please contact Aki Tanaka at

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